Smashing Bus Stops - For Science!

Posted 3 years ago · 3 minutes to read

July 1, 2019

We recently put one of our own eStops to the test, by attacking it with what we knew were common vandalism attacks.

We did this as an experiment to see how our eStops would hold up in different environments and under different forms of damage and danger. Putting our money where our signs are, watch below to see just how tough our signs are!


Everyone has keys on them, but not everyone uses them for good. That's why we had to ensure that our signs could withstand even the most determined key-ers. With our four-layer screen protection, if one layer gets too badly damaged, the sign is just one peel away from being as perfectly readable as before.


Those Banksy wannabes out there will always have a can of spray can at the ready, but our signs are ready for them. Because of the convenient peelable protection, the screen is protected against all kinds of vandalism.


Nobody wants to be waiting too long for their bus in the heat of summer. And heat can also affect the readability of road signs, especially if they aren’t built to function in extreme heats.

We tested this in two ways. Both holding a lighter directly onto the sign (direct heat and energy) and making a DIY flamethrower to give us an indirect heat. Because of our toughened screen protectors, as well as the tempered glass underneath, no lasting damage is done to the sign. The unique reflective properties of the e-paper, as well as high-clarity glass, causes the brightness of the screen to become lighter on bright sunny days, as well as maintaining high visibility and glare reduction. This means that you will always be able to read your bus schedule, no matter the weather.


We all know that NZ storms can be very nasty. Heavy winds, rain and hail can affect even the toughest of road signs.

To test this on a sunny day, we powered up a high pressured water blaster and continuously soaked and blasted the sign to test its wet weather endurance. Because of the eStops IP67 waterproofing protection, the sign was not affected in any way. This means that even in the heaviest rain and the strongest southerly, if you can brave the weather to catch a bus, you’ll still be able to read the reliable, up-to-date information.


Next, we tested the sign against things such as a full beer can, staple gun and a baseball bat. (You know, everyday things you'd find on the street.) We wanted to test the strength and durability of the sign when exposed to a range of different weapons.

Why we carried out this test

A lot of people looked at us funny. A lot of people said it was risky to test our own equipment and share the video with the world. But in this day and age, where the media has become our main source of information, we knew it was important to have a test that proves just how tough our tough signs really are.

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